HAVELOCK - Avery Jones has been waiting for this day for a long time - since he was little.
On Wednesday, the Havelock senior fulfilled a childhood dream of playing college football as he signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of North Carolina.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Jones committed to the Tar Heels for over a year ago and he stuck with it despite being pursued by other schools.
"It's exciting, feels good to get it over with so I can move forward and hopefully I can make some noise in college," Jones said. "(UNC) felt like home. I have a good relationship with the coaches. So for me to make a switch at this point, it wouldn't be a smart move."
Jones was recruited as an offensive lineman by the Tar Heels. He played on the line at Havelock his first three seasons, but was moved to the defensive line his senior year.
This season, he recorded 83 tackles and 5 sacks.
However, Jones has not forgotten how to play on the offensive side, but he knows he will have to re-adjust.
"It can be a little difficult at first I think but it's just about getting back into the groove," Jones said.
Jones was joined on his signing day by his mother, Sandra Frazier, sister Brianna Jones, friends, coaches and teammates.
"I always taught Avery that what you put into life, you get out of life," Frazier said. "I'm proud of him. He's set a standard of where he wanted to be and he accomplished it."
Jones is lauded by his coaches and teachers as being a good citizen and student as well as good on the field.
His mother said it's something that comes natural to her son.
"He's just naturally a good person is all I can really say," Frazier said.
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